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The Universal Wilde blog features the latest news on marketing, printing, fulfillment and distribution. Here you'll find posts on emerging trends in marketing services.

Why “Effective Data” is a Marketer’s Gold Mine

Wed, Mar 07, 2018

There was a time when understanding how your customers make decisions required guesswork, dart throws, or focus groups that, more times than not, did little to increase ROI, cash flow and margin.


Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, direct mail, print marketing, Data Science, marketing campaign, data and technology, neuromarketing, data, behavioral data, data insights

Marketers discover new ways to engage with customers at Innovation Event

Mon, Feb 05, 2018

More than 60 data-driven marketers gathered at our headquarters in Westwood, MA on Thursday, January 25th to discover how print and mail are evolving to take advantage of tomorrow’s data and technology.  In addition to being treated to lunch and tours of UW’s processes and technologies that deliver complex communications programs, attendees listened to two industry leaders who engaged the audience with the latest innovations and strategies involving print. Here are some of the most compelling takeaways from the event:


Categories: marketing, personalization, trending, print industry, statistics, direct mail campaign, marketing campaign, content marketing, QR codes, Augmented Reality, variable data print, data and technology

[New Survey Results] Discover the 3 most important topics to marketers in 2018 

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

What communications topics are data-driven marketers focused on in 2018?

Universal Wilde wanted to understand this, and recently commissioned our 2018 Marketing Priorities Survey, in which we asked data-driven marketers what their priorities and challenges are for the new year.  One question focused on what are their most important communications topics for the upcoming year – and three topics came out on top:


Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, direct mail, print marketing, trending, Data Science, higher education, customer interaction, new year, mail, marketing campaign

Marketing to Millennials: Trends you'll see in 2018

Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Marketers have become infatuated with the demographic of millennials. This demographic includes a group of young adults that tend to be tech-savvy and free spirited. Through trends like content marketing, purpose-driven marketing, big data, and data privacy; it is evident that marketing to millennials is becoming more essential. Even though millennials haven't hit their peak purchasing power due to economic barriers such as student loans and starting a family, marketers are finding ways to target this huge demographic. Marketers are eager to get in front of this demographic because when they have the money to spend, marketers want them to spend it on their product.  The consulting firm, Accenture, found that millennials will spend $1.4 trillion annually by 2020. As a millennial myself, I was interested to see what 2018 will bring for marketers. 2018 will be jam-packed with new trends and ideas, and here are some of the important trends to keep an eye out for this year.


Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, trending, Data Science, new year, marketing campaign, privacy protection, content marketing

Cheer Up Their Mailbox - How Customers And Marketers Benefit From A Strategic Holiday Campaign

Mon, Dec 04, 2017

For many it is the happiest time of the year. For some, it causes stress and anxiety. For all, there is no doubt when the holiday season is back in full swing. It seems that every year (similar to back to school) retail stores and TV commercials alike are pushing the boundary of when it is acceptable to start rolling out the holiday "cheer". As marketers, we have learned to take advantage of the holiday-based interests and needs of our customers. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, or New Year's, selection of which specific holiday marketers want to base their campaign around is important.

Marketers' next choice is what is the offering/message based on their customers' needs/behaviors; and lastly, what channels to use to reach these valued customers. Since consumers are using an average of 5-7 channels before making a purchase, an omni-channel marketing approach with a strong direct mail component may be a wise strategy.

The USPS estimates 15 billion pieces of mail will be sent this holiday season. See below a helpful infographic on USPS facts and deadlines for the 2017 holiday season: 

Who doesn't enjoy a personalized, dynamic mail piece around the holidays? After all, Santa's main form of contact is a wish list sent by letter to the North Pole! As marketers, we need to embrace this concept to ensure the best response from our valued customers.


Below are four guidelines to follow when designing and implementing your holiday-focused campaign.


Categories: marketing, direct mail, print marketing, holiday mail, christmas, holiday, mail, direct mail campaign, happy holidays, USPS, marketing campaign